Sacramento area students and educators benefit from a unique resource called BESTNet (Broadband Education Services Technology Network). Spearheaded by SECC, the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission and Comcast, this broadband network is Sacramento’s educational technology gateway. BESTNet is a shared vision of the educational community that connects all SECC K-20 member educational institutions and is a portal to unlimited access of places and ideas throughout the world.
Using BESTNet, students enter a creative environment to continue and supplement as they learn in the classroom. Students use BESTNet to talk from their classroom to the International Space Station, a Holocaust survivor, discuss life science with state park rangers, see how people lived during the Great Depression and learn about the Louisiana wetlands directly from the field. And teachers use this environment to help connect their curriculum to standards, communicate with each other as well as with parents.
BESTNet utilizes broad- band capabilities to offer media-rich content. Educators, students and parents can access original programming such as videoconferences and electronic fieldtrips and informative links to other resources. Students are encouraged to learn more about video production as a way to express ideas and issues important to them.
BESTNet enables education to become a multimedia environment providing a dynamic infrastructure for Sacramento’s educational community, creating access to the entire world through technology.
SECC and BESTNet are funded in part by The Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission.